Darren from Extra Base Hit breaks down the toughest division in baseball – the AL East.

New York Yankees

2011 record: 97-65; 1st in AL East
Manager: Joe Girardi
General Manager: Brian Cashman
2012 estimated Payroll: $205.7 million
Odds to win the division: favorite (-185)
Odds to win the American League: 3-1
Odds to win the World Series: 6-1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 93
Highest Paid Player: Alex Rodriguez $29 million
Key 2013 free agents: C Russell Martin, OF Nick Swisher, P Hiroki Kuroda
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Robinson Cano 6.1
Canadians in camp: C Russell Martin
Division Crowns since 1995:  12

Welcome aboard: OF Raul Ibanez, RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, INF-OF Bill Hall, 1B-DH Russell Branyan, RHP Manny Delcarmen, OF Dewayne Wise.

Thanks for the memories: RHP A.J. Burnett, DH-1B Jorge Posada, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Hector Noesi, RHP Andrew Brackman, 3B Eric Chavez, DH-C Jesus Montero.

Tampa Bay Rays

2011 record: 91-71; 2nd in AL East (Wild Card winner)
Manager: Joe Maddon
General Manager: Andrew Friedman
2012 estimated Payroll: $68.4 million
Odds to win the division: 5-1
Odds to win the American League: 12-1
Odds to win the World Series: 18/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 86.5
Highest Paid Player: Carlos Pena $7.25 million
Key 2013 free agents: 1B Carlos Pena, OF B.J. Upton
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Evan Longoria 8.0
Canadians in camp: None
Division Crowns since 1995: 2

Welcome aboard: 1B Carlos Pena, OF Luke Scott, RHP Burke Badenhop, RHP Fernando Rodney, C Jose Molina, INF Jeff Keppinger, C Chris Gimenez

Thanks for the memories: DH-OF Johnny Damon, C Kelly Shoppach, C John Jaso, 1B Casey Kotchman, 1B Dan Johnson, OF Justin Ruggiano, RHP Juan Cruz, RHP Andy Sonnanstine.

Boston Red Sox

2011 record: 90-72; 3rd in AL East
Manager: Bobby Valentine
General Manager: Ben Cherington
2012 estimated Payroll: 170.6 million
Odds to win the division: 3-1
Odds to win the American League: 5-1
Odds to win the World Series: 9/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 90
Highest Paid Player: Adrian Gonzalez $21 million
Key 2013 free agents: DH David Ortiz
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Dustin Pedroia 7.1
Canadians in camp: C Max St. Pierre
Division Crowns since 1995: 2

Welcome aboard: Manager Bobby Valentine, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, OF Cody Ross, OF Ryan Sweeney, INF Nick Punto, C Kelly Shoppach, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Mark Melancon, RHP Vicente Padilla, RHP Aaron Cook.

Thanks for the memories: RF J.D. Drew, RF Josh Reddick, SS Marco Scutaro, INF Josh Lowrie, C Jason Varitek, RHP Tim Wakefield, RHP Dan Wheeler, LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Jonathan Papelbon.

Toronto Blue Jays

2011 record: 81-81; 4th in AL East
Manager: John Farrell
General Manager: Alex Anthopoulos
2012 estimated Payroll: $84.1 million
Odds to win the division: 8-1
Odds to win the American League: 18-1
Odds to win the World Series: 30/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 82
Highest Paid Player: Jose Bautista $14 million
Key 2013 free agents: 2B Kelly Johnson, INF Edwin Encarnacion, P Francisco Cordero, P Jason Frasor, P Dustin McGowan
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Jose Bautista 6.9
Canadians in camp: 3B Brett Lawrie, P Trystan Magnuson, P Scott Richmond (sent down)
Division Crowns since 1995: 0

Welcome aboard: RHP Rick VandernHurk, RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Ben Francisco, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Jeff Mathis, LHP Darren Oliver, RHP Sergio Santos, INF Luis Valbuena, INF Omar Vizquel, RHP Jason Frasor.

Thanks for the memories: RHP Shawn Camp, RHP Frank Francisco, OF Adam Loewen, C Jose Molina, RHP Jon Rauch, INF Mark Teahen, OF Dewayne Wise.

Baltimore Orioles

2011 record: 69-93; 5th in AL East
Manager: Buck Showalter
General Manager: Dan Duquette
2012 estimated Payroll: $97 million
Odds to win the division: 100-1
Odds to win the American League: 80-1
Odds to win the World Series: 150/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 69.5
Highest Paid Player: Nick Markakis $12 million
Key 2013 free agents: none
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Matt Wieters 5.1
Canadians in camp: none
Division Crowns since 1995: 1

Welcome aboard: LHP Wei-Yin Chen, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Matt Lindstrom, LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, C Taylor Teagarden, 2B Matt Antonelli, OF Endy Chavez, CF Jai Miller, INF Wilson Betemit, INF Ryan Flaherty.
Thanks for the memories: DH Vladimir Guerrero, LF Luke Scott, C Jake Fox, OF Felix Pie, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, RHP Jeremy Guthrie, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Rick VandenHurk.

Synopsis

To have a chance of winning the East, the Yankees would just have to stay healthy with Alex Rodriguez returning to the old A-Rod. The Red Sox would need a repeat season from Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, and would need pitchers Josh Beckett and Jon Lester to remain healthy. The Rays starting staff would have to carry the team all season. The Blue Jays would need a season in which the pitching staff and the offense both have career years, and the Orioles would need a miracle to occur.

2012 Predictions:

New York Yankees 95-67
Tampa Bay Rays 93-69
Toronto Blue Jays 86-76
Boston Red Sox 81-81
Baltimore Orioles 67-95

Sources: bet365.com, fanGraphs.com, Baseball-Reference.com